Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Here I Am!!

I'm still here.
Just busy with kids off school and work.
I seem to find juggling the 2 harder as the kids are getting older.
Surely it shouldn't be that way, should it?!!

I have a LO to share from the April Cocoa Daisy Kit today along with the new sneaks of the new May Kit 'Here I am'. Cool Kit name!!

I had so much fun making this LO here.

I created upon white cardstock but took a craft knife to a piece of 12x12 patterned to cut my border around the outside.
I started off making puddles : )

With Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, but you can use mists too.
I brushed it around abit.

And then took a Cocoa Daisy heart stamp that came in the April kit, pressed it in to my inky puddles and stamped over the page here and there.

I used Martha's 'Panda Eight' printables that come with the kit subs. I love working with these.
Just print them, cut them and away you go.

This was in March, it was the first warm day of Spring and also happened to be the weekend of our wedding anniversary and the weekend before my birthday.
My sister and her family came over for the day.
It was such a nice day.
We had dresses and sandals on and walked to our local pub with the kids.
We sat outside whilst they played with a ball.

And now here I am waiting for my May Cocoa Daisy kit to arrive.
I love the anticipation.
It was sent at the end of last week, so it could be anytime from the weekend onwards : )
Here are the sneaks for now to keep us going.

I'm sorry for not blog hopping lately, like I said before I'm struggling with kids and work and keeping it all running smoothly.
It should all get back to normal again next week : )

I hope you are enjoying the Spring so far.
Lots of love xxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Love this Shop **HOT TOPIC**

It's been a whirlwind of a few days.
I can't believe it's been almost a week since I blogged.
The fact is the last day I blogged was the day the kids finished school for Easter break, so that says it all really.

Today I have a layout to share that I made using some more of the 'Scrapmatts' chipboard.
I'm guest designer for them these next couple of months.

Remember my last blog post when I said about that little dish I keep with photos in of stories to tell? Well, these photos were also in there.
This was one of our favourite stores in Orlando. Hollie found it online so we went in on Hollie's recommendation and spent an age in this little store and had so much fun. We all came out with purchases.

I used the Scrapmatts chipboard in a few ways on this page. I used the negatives of the chipboard with PanPastels, so using it like a mask.

I used these larger chipboard chevrons. I stained them white first with Tim Holtz Distress Stain and them used a green Prima Chalk Ink over the top. It shows the true colour of the ink much better if you paint/ink them white first.
I also used the little chipboard words. I love adding these to my layouts. They are like little subtitles.
The arrowed words are one of my favourite items that I received from Scrapmatts, I started by inking them yellow, but they didn't stand out as much as I would have liked, so I went to cover them in the same white Distress Stain to start all over and started dabbing and really liked the effect, so I left it just like this. I think they look pretty cool. 

If you love the chipboard as much as I do. Here is the Scrapmatts blog which I think you will love.

Thanks for stopping by.
It's another day of juggling kids and work for me today. xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Choosing Photos, Sibling Love & a Sketch

How do you go about choosing what photos to scrap?

Do you scrap month by month and keep up to date?
Do you let the papers choose for you? Deciding what papers go with what photos?

I keep a few little photos in a small dish on my scrappy desk. These are like 'go-to' photos.
I'm finding that right now I'm drawn by the materials that I am using.
It might be that I fancy playing with water colours to make a pretty background or that I have a new mask to use or that some gorgeous papers have just arrived that I want to use straight away.
The little dish of mini photos is then the 'go-to' place for me.

That was the case with this LO here.
I had my lovely new Cocoa Daisy Kit and the monthly sketch challenge that I am hosting at CD this month. I wanted to use the Jillibean Placemats for this layout as they were perfect for this sketch and I found this cute photo that came with an untold story from back in July.
*happy dance*

Here is the sketch.

See what I mean about those Jillibean Placemats?
These two kids of mine really do make me smile.

And here is the story.
I'm so pleased that I'm so good with filing my photos. Times like this it really helps. I file everything by year, then month and then day. It's so easy to go back then and find photos along with the dates.
The wooden veneers that come with this months kit are plain with a little colour added here and there. So I flipped them over and used a Prima Chalk In - Ladybug as I needed some red accents on this page. There was no red within this kit, but as it was the schools colour, I needed to bring it in to the LO. By adding the wooden veneers, the stitching and some Maya Mist - Cherry Metallic, it really did the trick and pulled it all together.
There are some really cute stamps in the Main Kit this month.
Spot the masking?
I didn't want to go too heavy on the red masking, so I used the Prima Chalk Ink again over the mask rather than a mist. It's a little more subtle and it's easier to control where exactly you are adding your colour.

The Cocoa Daisy Sketch Challenge is running until April 15th. We'd love you to play along.
One lucky winner gets a $10 coupon to spend in the Daisy Boutique

Have a lovely day scrappy friends xxx


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Guest Designing for Scrapmatts

Remember my blog post yesterday, the best week ever?
I met the most memorable group of ladies whilst in LA at CHA.
We called them 'the Aussies'.
They were the most bubbliest, friendliest and the highlight of this CHA trip.
They would walk through the hotel lobby in the evening where us CD girls would be drinking and chatting and it's like a little source of light and energy entered the room.
I will never forget these ladies.
Here's a pic of Denise, MandyK and I with all our Aussies.
(Angella is missing I notice. She was on the Maya Road booth, so not always with them)
Anyway, Sofie introduced us to her Chipboard.
Her company is called Scrapmatts. I was so impressed. This is like the Rolls Royce of all chipboards. Chipboard like I have never seen before.

So when Sofie emailed and asked if I would like to guest design for them for a couple of months I jumped at the chance. How exciting!!
The online store is here for you to see.

The first project that I made using the chipboard is this layout here.

These filmstrips are so perfect to use as little photo frames.
I have included some tips on how to do this on the Scrapmatts blog today.
Please pop along and leave me a little love : )
Thank you so much to Scrapmatts for having me.
I just keep creating more and more with their goodies.

Monday, 31 March 2014

It was the Best Week EVER!!

I've harped on about it before I know.
But the week that Ade and I spent in LA in 2013, on our own, meeting up with the CD girls at CHA really was the best week ever.
I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

I'd printed off a few small photos from the trip some time ago and they've just been sat in a dish on my desk, so when this April Cocoa Daisy Kit arrived and I saw the blues, I thought it was time to scrap these photos of the best week ever.
It was the first LO that I scrapped using this months new kit.

The papers are perfect right?!
The heart paper and the cardstock, along with the leaves & alphas are from the main kit. The clouds and kraft paper are also from the main kit and are exclusive CD papers. You can view the kit in full here. It goes on sale tomorrow.
The small alpha stickers were from last months kit, I just coloured them in with pen so they matched better. The circle was drawn using a tea plate as a template.

And a close up of the piccies from the best week ever.
I would love to go back again. We keep talking about it, but it was just so perfect, I don't know if it could be recreated again. I don't know.
I hope you all had a good Mothers Day yesterday. We had fun. A visit to a garden centre, fed some Koi and dinner at the local pub. It was fun : )
Wishing you a very happy Monday xxx  

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hosting a Girlie Dinner Party

Firstly, Happy Mothers Day to all you Mums!!

Being a busy Mum myself. I have a 14 and 12yr old and I run my own business. I work very long hours. I made a promise to myself at the start of the year that I was going to make an effort to see my friends more. Once my youngest started senior school in September and the school runs stopped, I found that it was easy not to keep up with friends like I used to.
I make sure that once every couple of weeks I take a break during my work schedule to meet with friends and have a coffee.
This week I hosted a girlie dinner party for 5 of my favourite girl friends. They didn't all know each other that well but I knew that they would all get on.
I wanted to treat them all to some lovely food and table treats and make them all feel special.
It was so much fun.
For me personally, I love all the planning.
I sent each of them a little invitation.
I made the invites using the Prima Instascrap cards here.

The dinner party went down really well. I was so happy to spend such a lovely evening with these lovely ladies. I dressed the table beautifully.

I made sweet little table favour/place settings using old jars, washi tape and tags (and blossom from the garden)
I used the washi tape from my March and April Cocoa Daisy Kits.
If you would like to make jars like these, I have a full tutorial here.
They are great as little vases and I also use them as tea lights.
And I made lovely food all from scratch to treat my friends.
I really want to recommend these Cheesy Pretzel Bites that I made to go with the homemade tomato and basil soup. They were amazing. I love baking and I think this has to be one of my all time favourite recipes. I found the recipe on Pinterest here.
To go with them I made a normal rich tomato and basil soup.
To jazz it up a little I made the most delicious cream cheese and basil ice cream. I know it may sound a little odd, but the creaminess and cold of the icecream in contrast with the rich hot soup was so good. I urge you to try it. The great thing is that when hosting a dinner party, both the soup and the ice cream can be made the day before. 
If you have an ice cream maker, here's the recipe that I made. I was inspired by this sweeter recipe here.

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • a good couple of hands of fresh basil
  • Special equipment: an ice cream maker

Blend cream cheese, milk, sugar, and salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, then stir in cream. Freeze cream cheese mixture in ice cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 2 hours. Let ice cream soften 5 minutes before serving.

I highly recommend an evening like this.
It was so much fun to treat and spoil my friends and it made a lovely change to play in the kitchen and cook for people that really appreciated it rather than kids that moan at you as it has 'lumps' in it : )

I'm doing afternoon tea next month and I'm already planning.
Enjoy your Mothers Day all you lovely Mums xxx


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Turning 39

The years are flying by.
I don't feel old enough to be in my last year of my 30's.
I feel too young and silly.
I like playing pranks and being rude.
40 sounds so grown up!!

Anyway, I was 39 on the 19th March so I scrapped 3 of my instagram photos from this day.
I got asked to make a LO for the Cocoa Daisy newsletter using just the April Kit paper addon.
Here it is:

It's one of those LO's that I feel really happy with. It's it's all come from 3 pieces of patterned paper. No embellishments, no alpha stickers...just paper.
A cake made by Louis and Ade, a new dress and a decorated sitting room with lots of prezzies and cards.
But the best bits of the day.....Louis had drawn me the first picture in ages and Hollie let me walk to school with her. (although she did tell me not to get used to it. It was a one off!!) 
So that's my LO and that was my 39th birthday.
Thanks for letting me share it with you xxx

Upside Down

Good Morning,

I scrapped this story recently about Louis wanting to go on his first 'upsidedown' rollercoaster back at Disney in 2012.

I used a new sunshine mask from Tim Holtz which is my new love. (the mask, not Tim)
There are some really cool masks if you click that link and I want them ALL : )
 I've put together a little step by step over at Papermaze today on how the LO came together.
It's all about using Project Life style cards in different ways.
Here is the story.
And Louis before we started to queue.
Right, I have to dash. We have an away footy match this morning and should have left already.
Enjoy your Saturday xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Cocoa Daisy April - Playing with Glitter


I have some sparkly fun for you today.
In the April Cocoa Daisy Main Kit comes a little bag of gold glitter with teeny weeny golden stars.
I thought I'd add some sparkly touches to some cards.
I've been so rubbish with card making lately, so I'm trying to get ahead of myself.

I used the cards that come in the 'Day in the Life' Kit.
I have a step by step process here  and some more piccies if you want to see.
Just a little get a little messy : )
Lots of fun!!
I hope you have a fun day xxx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A Hint of Sunshine Sneaks

I've been having a lot of scrappy fun in my studio.
My April Cocoa Daisy kit arrived on Friday and within 48hrs I'd scrapped 3 LO's and 4 cards.
This kit will go down as one of my all time faves.

Here are my sneaks:

This makes me happy : )

You can see the other sneaks from the other DT girls here.
The full reveal will be on Friday 9pm EST here.

Enjoy your day xxx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Number, a Splat, a Clip & a Word of Wisdom

That's Sharmaine's challenge at Cocoa Daisy this month.
Can you add those to a LO?
If so then link up your page to the challenge here and you could win $10 to spend on Cocoa Daisy goodies.

Here is my LO that I made.

It's a combo of the Feb & March Kit
The number being the number of years we celebrated being married on Friday.

I used a black Maya Mist on my wooden '7' and coloured in the Elle's Studio alpha stickers in black and the 'year' were taken from the October Afternoon alphas, I drew around them lots of times. All from the March Kit.
Today we are celebrating my birthday. March is a busy month.
Not doing too much. Working and currently eating a broccoli, cashew & cranberry salad whilst I type. But the kids were sweet today. They got into bed with me this morning, Louis did a drawing and Hollie let me walk her to school. It's been years!! She told me not to make a habit of it though, it was a one off : )
I hope you are having a good day too xxx